It’s been a long time since I have shared a true Top Ten Tuesday post, but the other night an idea sparked in my head for a new Top Ten Tuesday series.
The English language has hundreds of words to describe how we feel. Depending on the moment, we might feel agitated, amused, angry, amazed, or ambivalent, and we often act on whatever emotion we feel in the moment. The Bible does not condemn emotions. Rather, it shows us how to handle these emotions in the light of eternity.
For the next six months, I am going to move alphabetically through a self-compiled list of feelings. I want to share ten verses that speak to each emotion and discuss our proper response as Christians. By the end of October, we will have a repository of 260 verses.
10 Verses for when you feel anxious.
Our fictional friend, Marcia, begins a new job today, and she is overjoyed. Her last job was stifling. She worked 15-hour days in a dark office for no thanks. Her boss regularly ridiculed her efforts, and her coworkers loudly berated her. She quit the horrid job last week, shaking the dust off her feet and not looking back.
There was a night last month when I was brimming with silent anger.
You know know what I mean? Have you ever felt the anger that makes you ball up your socks and throw them at the floor (socks being the object of choice because they make the least noise), or the anger that makes you have imaginary arguments in your head without saying a word aloud? Have you experienced the anger that makes you take a shower just so that if you cry, you can blame the puffy eyes on misplaced shampoo?
I was feeling that type of anger, and it was rooted in extreme discontentment.
I guess you know what today is.
April fools! It’s actually Easter!
For the first time in over half a century, it’s Easter AND April Fools Day. This co-occurrence of holidays is a little bizarre. As I sit here wondering if the Easter bunny will hand out chocolate eggs that are deceptively made of mud, I can’t help but realize that those of us who celebrate the true story of Easter could easily be called fools.
There are some books of the Bible that are hard to stomach. Take Nahum, for example. The short book explains how God will utterly destroy Nineveh. Nahum states that God is against these people. He planned their devastation.
This goes against what we are told about God. Common teaching paints God as a cosmic cheerleader that loves everyone. At the very least, He delights in our success.
So which is true? Does God love or does He hate?
I slept for 8.5 hours the other night. I know that *technically* this is what you are always supposed to do, but, for me, it’s pretty rare.
I like formulas. Daily, I manipulate and interpret data to determine the effectiveness of the university. It’s consistent. The sum divided by the count equals the average. Multiply a number by .01 to find the percentage. Formulas never change; they give me what I want.
But there is no formula for life, at least, I haven’t found one. For me, life is a step-by-step experiment.
Sometimes, All the time, I would like some wisdom in this trial and error attempt. Where can I find wisdom?